Michelle Rhee will speak to students, staff and community members about her 18 years of experience in the American education system and where that system needs to improve.
Rhee began her career in education in Baltimore, Md., as a recruit of "Teach For America." Rhee stayed with the program for three years, teaching at a Harlem Park Community School within the city limits.
In 1997, Rhee founded "The New Teacher Project," a non-profit organization that works to bring more teachers to classrooms across the country. Her work implemented widespread reform in teacher hiring practices, placing 23,000 new, high-quality teachers in schools throughout Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Miami, New York, Oakland and Philadelphia.
In 2007, Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty selected Rhee to replace superintendent of public schools, Clifford Janey, and become the schools' new chancellor.
Under her leadership, the worst performing school district in the country became the only major city system to see double-digit growth in both their state reading and math scores in seventh, eighth and 10th grades.
In 2010, Rhee resigned as chancellor and superintendent of D.C. schools and announced her new movement, "Students First," a political advocacy organizations aimed at education reform in the United States.
Rhee has served on the advisory boards for the National Council on Teacher Quality, National Center for Alternative Certification, and Project REACH. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell College and a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University.
WHO: Saint Louis University's Great Issues Committee presents Michelle Rhee
WHAT: Education Reform in 2011 and Beyond
WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 23
WHERE: Wool Ballrooms, Bush Student Center, 20 N. Grand Blvd, Saint Louis MO, 63103
INFO: Event is free to students and the general public. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. For more information, call Colin Shevlin at 217-622-7748.